A new fire station will be built in Aireys Inlet, providing a major boost to volunteer firefighters in the Surf Coast town.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney joined members of the Aireys Inlet Fire Brigade to announce today that land has been acquired on the Great Ocean Road, near the centre of town.
The new station will replace the existing station on Pearse Road, which has been serving the community for 34 years, but is no longer big enough to accommodate the brigade’s appliances and equipment.
The land acquisition has been funded through the CFA Capital Program. The CFA will now work with the brigade to finalise a timeline for when the station will be built.
The Aireys Inlet Fire Brigade was established in 1948, and currently has 33 volunteer members. Members are called out on average to almost 100 incidents each year.
The town’s existing station was built after the previous station was burnt down in the devastating 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires.
The brigade has provided firefighters to a number of major emergencies during the past 70 years, including the 2009 Black Saturday fires and the Wye River-Jamieson fire in 2015.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“I congratulate the CFA and the Aireys Inlet Fire Brigade for securing this land, which paves the way for a new state-of-the-art station to be built in the heart of the town.”
“It’s vital that emergency services facilities are equipped to meet demand and are able to meet the challenges which a brigade in regional Victoria faces.”
“The current station on Pearse Road has provided 34 years of terrific service. But the brigade has outgrown the site, meaning a new station is needed.”